Board Members


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Connie Froggatt - President

Connie Froggatt is theVice Chair of the Montgomery County School Board representing District F. She previously served as President and Treasurer of the MCEF. Connie is the past President of the BHS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization and also served on the PTA boards at Blacksburg Middle School and Kipps Elementary School. She was also the Parent Representative for the Blacksburg High School Building Committee. Connie is an alumna of Radford University and lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Mark. They have two daughters.


Dr. Mark Miear - Superintendent of Schools

Mark Miear, Ed.D., began his tenure as the Superintendent in MCPS on January 4, 2016. Dr. Miear previously served as the Assistant Superintendent for Winchester Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. He has also served as Director of Secondary Education, a high school Principal, a high school Associate Principal, an Assistant Director of Personnel and a history teacher. Dr. Miear also served in the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Miear earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Liberty University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Virginia. Dr. Miear lives in Blacksburg with his two daughters.


Loren Beasley - Vice President

Loren Beasley is the coordinator for marketing at New River Valley Pediatrics and is an active member with the Montgomery County Youth Coalition.  She is formerly a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Montgomery County at Auburn Elementary School. Loren graduated from Radford University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She lives in Radford with her husband, who is a school resource officer, and their three dogs.


Sarah Black - Treasurer

Sarah Black is a Co-Founder of the 100+ Women Who Care New River Valley Chapter and is active with the Kipps Elementary PTO. Sarah earned an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds active SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is a registered CPA. Sarah’s professional experience includes international and domestic audit in Big Four public accounting, national college recruitment for a Fortune 100 company, and leadership roles with executive search organizations. She lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Jonathan, and their three young children.


Heather Wright - Secretary

Heather Wright graduated from Virginia Tech with an Interdisciplinary degree in History and Industrial Design and is a Certified Lighting Designer. Heather started her own practice in Charleston, SC in 2005 and has worked on commercial and residential projects throughout the southeast. Her husband, James, is a graduate of Christiansburg High School. They returned to the New River Valley in 2014 and now reside in Blacksburg with their two young children.


Henry Bass

Henry Bass is the founder, owner, and president of Automation Controls, Inc. since 1996. He enjoys all things technical, from websites and databases to radio controlled flight and autonomous robots. He has a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degree. Bass was deployed to Iraq from 2008-2009 through the Army Reserves.  When not at work, Henry cherishes time with his family, leads Boy Scouts, coaches FIRST Robotics Tuxedo Pandas, and serves the Virginia Tech Army ROTC. Henry also serves on the board of directors for the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council and the Education Committee of the Montgomery Co. Chamber of Commerce. As a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst, he moderates several groups for the LX Council. He lives in Christiansburg with his wife of 26 years, Lisa, and their two boys, Eric and Ethan.


Judy Diggs

Judy Diggs is the current Director of Student Intervention Services and the former coordinator for section 504 disabilities and board discipline matters for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has previously served as a speech therapist, teacher, and program specialist for special education. Diggs has a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, a master's degree in learning disabilities, and a master's degree in educational leadership. She has two children and lives in Christiansburg with her husband Jason.


Dr. Lois Graham

Dr. Lois Graham is the Deputy Superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has worked as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Elementary Education, Principal, Assistant Principal and a teacher. Dr. Graham has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Radford University. She also earned her master's degree in Special Education from Radford University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia. She lives in Christiansburg with her husband, Milton.


Susan Miller

Susan Miller is a retired professor from the Radford University Exercise, Sport, and Health Education Department. Prior to teaching at Radford University, she served as the Coordinator for Health and Physical Education and an Elementary Physical Education Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools for 21 years. Miller lives in the Riner area with her husband Bob. They have two grown children.


Debbie Sherman-Lee

Debbie Sherman-Lee retired from Montgomery County Public Schools after teaching for 36 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education from Radford University. She has two sons and lives in Christiansburg.

 


Bonnie Smith

Bonnie Smith, a life-long resident of Montgomery County, retired from Shawsville Middle School after teaching 30 years in Montgomery County Public Schools. She attended Radford University receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education. Bonnie lives with her husband Monte. They have one daughter.


Annie Whitaker

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Annie Whitaker is the Director of Human Resources for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has a bachelor's degree in English, and master's degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership from Radford University. Whitaker served as Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum & Instruction with Bland Co. Public Schools. She was an Assistant Principal for Galax City Public Schools. Whitaker was an Assistant Principal and a middle school teacher in Pulaski Co. Public Schools.


Sarah Woolsey

Sarah Woolsey previously represented District G on the Montgomery County School Board. She has worked in the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. Woolsey is an alumna of Georgia Tech’s Industrial Engineering program. She lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Craig, and their son and daughter.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Montgomery County Educational Foundation is to provide financial support to enable students, teachers, and administrators to discover, advance, and enhance educational opportunities. An investment in our schools is an investment in this community and the development of productive global citizens. The Foundation's goals include:

  • Seek and develop avenues for businesses, individuals, and organizations to contribute to MCPS.
  • Provide opportunities beyond the scope of available public resources in preschool through 12th grade.
  • Provide resources for creativity and innovative programs and materials.